Nintendo has been on a roll as of late. A brand new console selling like hot cakes, two potential Game of the Year contenders in Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey and, on top of all that, they brought back one of the biggest franchises in Metroid after a minor hiatus. There’s a renewed sense of confidence in the brand after a few missteps during the Wii U era, which has everyone super excited at the prospect of some other classic franchises making a grand return. But for every Metroid or F-Zero, there’s a number of other Nintendo IPs that wait in the wings with even slimmer chances at making a comeback.
This is just a small sample of the content the world cries out for each day (one way or another) that Nintendo continues to shy away from.
KID ICARUS: UPRISING
Following 2012’s Kid Icarus: Uprising on 3DS, the first title in the series since 1991, Pit hasn’t been seen or heard from outside of the Super Smash Bros. series since. Uprising was originally developed as a 3DS launch title but was delayed during development, and pitched as one of the bigger releases for the young handheld console at the time. But despite solid reviews and decent sales numbers, Pit and co. haven’t had any further adventures outside of some cameo appearances.
Development of the title went through a few teething problems, specifically with the 3DS hardware and its awkward controls that weren’t entirely suited to Uprising’s concept, but perhaps on the Nintendo Switch those issues may become a thing of the past. Pushing the 3DS to its limits is one thing, but a console that can run Doom? That’s another.
Sadly, it’s unlikely a direct sequel will ever happen. Developer Project Sora was shut down without explanation a few months after Uprising’s release, while parent company Sora Ltd. continued their work on the Smash Bros. series, which clearly is a priority for the company given its continued success over the years. Pit might appear again in another form, however, so don’t give up hope just yet.